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FAQs Regarding Job Opportunities for Veterans

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The Veterans Employment Coordination Service (VECS) is VA's lead office to attract, recruit, hire, and retain Veterans—particularly severely injured Veterans—to hold positions within VA.

They specialized in helping to file Veterans' preference, and offer an abundance of employment resources ranging from career events to job application tips. If you're a Veteran interested in employment with VA, VECS should be your first stop.

Q. How do I claim Veterans' preference?

A. If you are claiming Veterans' preference, the following documentation must be submitted with your application. Failure to do so will result in not having Veterans' preference applied.

If you are claiming 5-Points Preference, the following must be submitted:

  • DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (must show your character of service upon discharge)

If you are claiming 10-Point Preference, the following must be submitted:

  • DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (must show your character of service upon discharge)
  • SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (must be complete)
  • Letter from the VA Regional Office stating what your percentage of disability is. It is not necessary to send documentation of what your specific disabilities are.
  • Purple Heart recipients: Purple Heart must be listed on your DD214 or other official documentation.

If you are using your spouse or son's 10-Point Preference, you must submit:

  • DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (must show their character of service upon discharge)
  • SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (must be complete)
  • Letter from the VA Regional Office showing that your spouse is unemployable/100-percent service-connected
  • If deceased, a copy of the death certificate
Q. Where can I get more information about Veterans' preference?

A. Specific details regarding Veterans' preference can be found on the USAJOBS web site and on the OPM web site in the VetGuide.

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